Colfax, Wis., Nov. 10, 2018 – The No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's cross country team battled through frigid snowy conditions to capture first during NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championship, while the No. 2-ranked men placed third with a total of 11 Bears earned All-Region honors by placing in the top-35 individually.
The WashU women placed first out of 36 teams in competition, including five additional U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) top-35 teams. The Bears totaled 58 points while No. 9-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire placed second with 93. No. 22-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse totaled 101 points, No. 11 Chicago totaled 118 points and No. 7 Wheaton (Ill.) scored 147 points to round out the women's top five.
The WashU men finished with 87 points and were one of just three teams to score less than 100 points. No. 1 North Central (Ill.) placed first with 30 points while No. 5 Wisconsin-La Crosse finished second with 74 points. The men's field of 35 teams included six USTFCCCA top-20 teams. Rounding out the top five finishes at the regional championship were No. 14 Wisconsin-Eau Claire (147) and No. 16 Wisconsin-Stout (164).
All seven of WashU's women to compete earned Midwest All-Region honors by placing in the top-35. The lineup was led by junior Paige Lawler's second place finish with a time of 21:23.2. Junior Sophie Watterson (22:00.6) and graduate Aly Wayne (22:03.0) posted top-10 times, placing sixth and seventh respectively.
Rounding out the Bears top-five times were senior Lisa Gorham (22:14.7) and sophomore Megan Girmscheid (22:47.6). They placed 13th and 30th, while WashU's sixth and seventh runners earned All-Region honors as well with freshman Gabby McGinn's (22:55.0) 33rd place finish and sophomore Katie Snodgrass' (22:59.8) 35th place effort.
Senior Brad Hodkinson posted the top time at the Midwest Regional, winning by more than three seconds. Hodkinson posted a winning time of 24:31.8 and is the first Bear since Drew Padgett to claim first in the 2014 Midwest Regional Championships.
Junior Nick Matteucci was the second WashU men's runner to cross the finish line, doing so in 25:01.1 to place 14th. He was followed by senior Peter Johnsrud who placed 16th with a time of 25:05.6. Sophomore Joe Stover was the final member of the men's cross country team to earn All-Region accolades when he took 20th with a time of 25:16.3.
Graduate David O'Gara placed just outside the top-35 threshold for All-Region honors, placing 36th with WashU's fifth time, 25:38.6. Junior Marco Quaroni made his first run in more than a month and placed 48th with a time of 25:52.0. Senior Chris Blagg was the 82nd of 253 runners, posting a time of 26:25.7.
The WashU women's cross country team earned an automatic bid with a top two placement to the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Winneconne, Wis. The men will await the selection committee's announcement on Sunday, Nov. 11 to hear its fate. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
2. Paige Lawler – 21:23.2
6. Sophie Watterson – 22:00.6
7. Aly Wayne – 22:03.0
13. Lisa Gorham – 22:14.7
30. Megan Girmscheid – 22:47.6
33. Gabby McGinn – 22:55.0
35. Katie Snodgrass – 22:59.8
1. Brad Hodkinson – 24:31.8
14. Nick Matteucci – 25:01.1
16. Peter Johnsrud – 25:05.6
20. Joe Stover – 25:16.3
36. David O'Gara – 25:38.6
48. Marco Quaroni – 25:52.0
82. Chris Blagg – 26:25.7